Tech support and Updates Service Level Agreement (SLA) describes the minimum guaranteed service levels provided to SOFPRO customers.
 

1. General regulations


1.1 SOFPRO provides support services to the company's partners and users of SOFPRO products.

The SOFPRO technical support service helps to settle problems outlined in this document according to the established Service Level Agreement.

1.2 Before you address your question to the technical support service, you should study all the reference information available in product documentation and online FAQ.

1.3 The technical support cannot resolve problems that concern the maintenance of a third party companies and their software products.

1.4 Technical support requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. SOFPRO reserves right to assign different priority level for each support request.

1.5 The problem resolving period depends on problem complexity and the potential need to handle the request over to the development department.

1.5.1 Problems that cannot be resolved in the context of the current software version are sent to the SOFPRO development department, which means that the fix will be included in the subsequent update. The planned term of the software update release is defined during the problem diagnostics respecting the general software development plan. The technical support service cannot guarantee the fixed problem-solving period.

1.6 The response period depends on the current techsupport service workload and usually takes less time than stated in the regulations. In most times, a problem is resolved immediately upon the receipt of a request or additional information from a client.

1.6.1 Users with valid tech support subscription.

The maximum response time is 24 hours on business days.

1.6.2 Non-Commercial Support: This support level is assigned to users without tech support subscription and users of demo versions.

The maximum response time is 48 hours on business days.

1.6.3 Non-Product Related Questions: This support level is assigned if the problem is beyond the scope of standard technical support requiring introduction to common programming principles.

The maximum response time is 72 hours on business days.
 

2. Technical support procedure


2.1 Tech support request can be created in any of the following ways:

- by using the Contact us form at the site.
- by sending an e-mail to support department (support @ sofpro.com)

2.2 Assistance will normally be available from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM GMT+1, Monday through Friday. Phone coverage may not be available at all times. Requests can be submitted online or by e-mail 24 hours a day.

2.3 Tech support request should include:

- Correct registered user information (customer id)
- The software name and full version number.
- The problem description and the step-by-step procedure to reproduce the error (if possible).
- When sending a support request via the e-mail, you can include screenshots and other images that can help to identify and resolve the problem.

Tech support staff could ask for additional information like protection report or project settings.

2.4 The following reasons can delay or abort consultancy:

- A problem cannot be reproduced using similar hardware configuration.
- A user cannot give enough information required to resolve the problem.
- The problem requires custom improvements or unplanned update.
- A user carries out actions that break end user license agreement (EULA) or technical requirements for installation and use of SOFPRO products; exceeds the allowed number of software installations, etc.
- Usage of unlicensed copies of SOFPRO products.
- The question is beyond the techsupport service scope.
- The question is incorrect or the client's replies are inadequate, which causes delays in consultancy because additional information on the request is delayed.

2.5 The following issues are beyond the technical support scope:

- We do not consult on general principles of programming.
- We do not implement custom, user defined logics and algorithms.
- We do not diagnose user software components.
- We do not develop custom components.
- We do not make customized versions of program components.
- We never modify the existing code to adopt them for specific business tasks, unless such modifications are in some way connected with essential bug fixes.
 

3. Technical support and software updates subscription


3.1 Technical support and updates subscription (tech support) includes:

- Free technical support.
- All program updates released during subscription period.
- Free replacement activation code in case of computer loss or any similar major incident.
- 24/7 access to our online activation center where users can manage their licenses.

3.1.1 In case of total computer loss as a result of theft, fire or any other similar incident free license replacement will be issued only if valid tech support subscription is available and if appropriate document which describes this incident is provided.

3.2 Subscription period begins after purchase order is processed and includes the current shipping version of purchased product.

3.3 Each user is entitled to free technical support for a limited period of time from the ordering date. The lenght of initial period of free tech support is defined in ordering terms and conditions.

3.4 When subscription expires, User can extend tech support subscription or let tech support subscription lapse.

3.4.1 User may continue to use current version after tech support subscription lapses. However, he will no longer be entitled to tech support benefits listed in 3.1

3.4.2 Tech support subscription can be extended at any time.

3.4.3 Tech support pricing:

If extended before expiration or within 30 days after expiration: 50% of license price per year/license. 
If extended after 30 days from expiration date: 75% of license price per year/license.

3.5 Users are notified about new updates and fixes via SOFPRO newsletter.

3.5.1 By default, each user is subscribed to SOFPRO newsletter. User can unsubscribe at any time in SOFPRO online activation center.

3.6 Unique copy of SOFPRO product is compiled for each user. SOFPRO is not keeping backup copies of builds delivered to users.

3.6.1 The latest build (version) is always the most stable and compatible version.

3.6.2 Only the latest build is used for compilation of unique copies. Users should always make a backup copy of SOFPRO product as SOFPRO will not be able to provide old versions of the product on request.

3.6.3 New builds are not always fully compatible with previous releases. This is why all changes are listed in appropriate document which should be closely reviewed before installing and using latest build.

3.6.4 Latest build can be requested in SOFPRO activation center. Valid tech support subscription for appropriate product is required in this case.

SOFPRO reserves the right to modify, add or remove any terms or conditions of this SLA without notice or liability. Any changes to this SLA shall be effective immediately following the posting of such changes on SOFPRO website.
 

Last revision: 15 Jun 2011